News@5: ISPs Claim Porn Ban Is "Impossible", FCC Net Neutrality Vote Due & Mark Hurd

UK Internet Service Providers (ISP) have said that government plans to block access all pornographic sites on the Internet are "technically not possible". The announcement comes just days after UK communications minister Ed Vaizey declared his intention to encourage ISPs to block access to pornographic websites 'at source' in order to protect children.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to vote on the net neutrality plans proposed by chairman Julius Genachowski. According to the proposed guidelines, Internet service providers will not be allowed to block access to lawful websites and services, and will also be restricted from favouring particular sites with faster connection speeds.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are to examine the forced resignation of former HP boss Mark Hurd in August. The Wall Street Journal reports that HP is cooperating with the investigation , which will consider whether or not the company’s former CEO leaked private information and misused company funds.

Apple has removed the unofficial WikiLeaks app from the App Store only five days after its launch. Created by Russian developer Igor Barinov, who promised to donate half of the money raised from the sales of the $1.99 app to WikiLeaks, the app allowed users to access all content from the whistle blowing site, as well as follow updates posted on the official WikiLeaks Twitter account.

A fire at BT’s Gerrard Street exchange has left shops in London’s Regent Street and Oxford Street unable to process credit and debit card payments, days before Christmas. The blaze at the Soho-based exchange occurred last night at 5 am and has left thousands of homes and businesses in the area without phone or broadband services.